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Assistant Dean for Scholars Programs (HR title: Associate Director 2)

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Salary Range: 

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 80 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. The University’s entrepreneurial spirit lives in people from every academic discipline who see opportunities to create something new in the world – and work hard to bring their innovations to life. SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for our students, faculty and alumni to make a global impact. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About Department:

Student Academic Engagement and Success (SAES), an area within the Office of the Provost, works to ensure that SMU undergraduate students are aware of the academic opportunities and support systems that operate across campus to ensure their academic success and enrich their experiences inside and outside the classroom.

We partner with the Associate Provosts for Curricular Innovation and Policy and Faculty Affairs, Associate Provost for Institutional Planning and Effectiveness, and Directors of Assessment, the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management, and Associate Deans to develop a comprehensive retention and graduation strategy for all undergraduate students.

About the Position:

The Assistant Dean for Scholars Programs is responsible for the operations, strategy, and recruitment for two of SMU’s central scholars programs: the President’s Scholars Program and the Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt Leadership Scholars Program.

The Assistant Dean manages these two distinctive scholars programs in their entirety: from the scholars’ point of application to the University, through their graduation, and into their alumni experience. Additionally, the Assistant Dean will provide supervision to the Director of the Mustang Scholars Program and First-Generation Initiative.

Essential Functions:

    Recruit new scholars through collaboration with Office of Undergraduate Admission and growing program brands at a national level (includes pre-application recruitment and post-decision yield) and manage the highly competitive application and review process to select new scholars Advise and mentor current scholars during their tenure as undergraduate students (includes annual check ins, students on probation, students undertaking new projects, etc.) Collaborate with faculty advisors and strategic campus partners to effectively execute each program’s goals (i.e. admission, college and schools, advising, financial aid, study abroad, student affairs, intradepartmental collaborations, University committees) and mange each programs budget to meet these program goals. Provide leadership to all scholar programs related to financial aid processes.Foster and maintain alumni and donor relationships and seek new development opportunities in conjunction with Office of Development and External Affairs.  Donor opportunities include these programs as well as increasing resources that benefit the overall honors and scholars program. Oversee budgets and expenses related to the scholar programs and initiative.Collaborate with the Honors and Scholars Programs Program Specialist and support their work in planning and executing various student experiences. Attend events for each program and the broader honors and scholars community.Provide supervision to the Director of Mustang Scholars Program & the First-Generation Initiative. Facilitate staff meetings, aid strategic planning for the program and initiative, and ensure risk management related to events.Teach up to 6 credit hours annually that directly benefit students in the Hunt or PS programs.  For example, offering EPL 3101, 3102, and 3302 to Hunt Leadership ScholarsCollaborate with the Directors of other scholars programs in order to meet the University goals and priorities (e.g. Rotunda Scholars, Mustang Scholars, BBA Scholars, Dedman Scholars, etc.). Develop and execute assessments of student learning related to scholar programs and the initiative.

Education and Experience:

Master’s degree required, preferably in higher education or a related field. Terminal degree in higher education, social sciences or humanities strongly preferred

A minimum of three years professional work experience with selective admission, student advising, and/or program management is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to build relationships with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Must also demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Candidate must demonstrate strong time management, organizational and planning skills. Must also have strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions.

Candidate must possess strong project management skills, including the ability to define goal/objective of the initiative and the means to achieve the goal. A strong focus on attention to detail is essential.

Candidate must possess a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office. A working knowledge of PeopleSoft, and/or admissions and enrollment management software desired. The ability to manage, understand, and employ student data relevant for program decisions is a plus.

Physical and Environmental Demands:

    Sit for long periodsCarry/lift 25 lbs.Sit for long periods of time
Deadline to Apply:

The position is open until filled.

Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by September 9, 2022.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, [email protected].


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

Primary Location: USA-TX-Dallas
Job: Student Services
Organization: Provost - Other
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular
Job Type: Staff
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Travel: No
Job Posting: Aug 29, 2022, 9:55:06 AM
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